How to Update Device Drivers – Step By Step With Pictures

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There is a lot of misinformation around the internet, even when it comes to updating device drivers. Most of the time when it comes to misinformation, I don’t think people intentionally try to do it.

Sometimes people just don’t know everything about something and then they make a mistake. It’s okay to make mistakes because everybody makes a mistake once in a while.

I’ve done my best to provide you with a thorough guide on how to update device drivers. I’m going to try to include pictures for every step to make it as simple as possible.

I’ll also provide you with information you can use to avoid any mistakes when updating your device drivers. Let’s start with those mistakes.

Do This Before You Even Think About Updating!

Before you go updating your drivers, don’t do it unless you need to. The only reasons you should really update your device drivers are if you are having issues with them.

Unnecessary updates can cause potential issues, so don’t mess with them unless you really need to. So how do you know which driver to update?

Select a driver that corresponds to the issue you are having. For example, when I was having audio issues with one of my laptops, I tried to update my audio drivers to see if that would fix it, and sure enough it did.

Now don’t think that updating your device drivers will always fix whatever the issue is, while it could be a solution, sometimes it’s just another problem.

Shall We Begin?

Alright now that I got that out of the way, lets begin:


Step 1: Click the Start button located to the left button corner of your screen.

 


 

Step 2: Type in “Drivers“.

 


 

Step 3: Click Device Manager

in the search results.

 



Step 4: Select whatever driver you need to update. In this example I’m going to go for the mouse drivers.


 

Step 5: Sometimes multiple drivers will appear out of one after you click on it. Update all the appropriate drivers one by one in this drop down.

For example when I click the arrow on “Mice and other pointing devices” three more drivers related to the mouse appear.

In this kind of scenario you will need to update each individual one.


Step 6: Click on the drop-down that you intend to update.

 

In this example I’m going to click on each HID-compliant mouse from the drop-down and update them individually using the Update device driver button located towards the top.


Step 7: Click the first option titled “Search automatically for updated driver software“.

You don’t really need to worry about browsing your computer for the driver software, unless you have some driver software downloaded that you plan on installing manually. You will likely use the first option in most cases.



Step 8: It may take a while for Windows to search online for new driver software updates.


 

Step 9: Windows will either tell you –

a.) Hey your device is already good to go on updates for this particular driver.

Or

b.) Update found – proceed with the update in this scenario.


 

Step 10: Repeat steps 5-9 for the other drivers in the drop down menu. For example, if I wanted to update the “Mice and other pointing devices“, but when I click on the arrow three more drivers suddenly appear called “HID-compliant mouse” then you would have to update each individual one.


It’s Not What You Think

Well I don’t mean to throw a wrench into the works, but if you are planning on updating your graphics drivers, they are a bit different from other drivers.

Yeah you should only try to update a driver if you are having a problem with a specific device and while that’s true for graphics drivers too, you’ll find yourself updating your graphics driver almost all the time.

And why is that? Well you see, graphics cards are always coming out with driver optimizations, bug fixes, security fixes and more. I’ve already written a post on this.

I go over common pitfalls and errors when installing a graphics drivers and talk about some other stuff too.

Take These Notes Into Consideration

Now that you know how to update your device drivers take this summary of what we learned into consideration to really dig deep grooves of knowledge within your memory:

  1. Only update your device drivers if something isn’t working, performance updates, and security fixes.
    1. If it’s a graphics card driver you should follow this guide: >> Learn From These Mistakes Before You Learn How to Update The Nvidia Graphics Driver <<

Some Other Pieces of Help You May Be Looking For

Here’s a list of other useful articles related to this one that you may find useful:

  1. Learn to update and optimize your Nvidia graphics drivers for games, erase hidden files for more space, plus other tips and software for boosting your FPS: >> How to Optimize PC Gaming For Better Performance <<
  2. Optimizing your computer with Windows 10? Although Windows 10 has a built in hard drive optimization, how does it affect other drives like SSD’s? How well does it work? Other tools in Windows 10 like game mode are discussed too. Learn more here: >> Windows 10 Game Optimization << 
  3. Interested in what games your computer can handle? Want to know the best way to effectively get games without wasting money on unwanted purchases? Wrote a post on that too, be sure to check it out here: >> What Games Can I Play On My Computer <<

There is a lot of valuable information floating around on my site. If you’ve read this far, I really appreciate it and hope you find my content useful. I want to make it as easy as possible for you to find the information you need.

As always if you have any questions or comments regarding this post, be sure to drop them down below. I’d be more than happy to get back to you.

Austin

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